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Continuous glucose monitor (CGM)

Continuous glucose monitor (CGM)
Nicole Thomas

A system that measures and checks blood levels of glucose from the interstitial tissue regularly in order to manage diabetes. CGMs have become significantly more accurate, convenient, and useful. The devices have been associated with improved diabetes outcomes (lower A1C, fewer lows) whether you are using injections or an insulin pump.

The CGM device has three parts – a sensor, a transmitter, and a receiver. CGMs give you information about your glucose level every five minutes, and can predict which direction your glucose is going. This is very helpful during exercise and before bed. If you go below or above set targets, you can set personalized alarms. In addition, your CGM data can be sent to an app on your phone. This information can be shared with others (parents, partners, friends). If you give them access, they’ll receive alerts when you are low or high, too.

 

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